Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mount Pleasant Temporium

It's official. I love working in small neighborhood store. I think I went into a little bit of a withdraw when the local woman's clothing shop where I work part time and sell my jewelry, Nana closed it's U street location for a few months with plans to reopen in Mount Pleasant this March. Luckily I've been able to be a part of a really cool project in the new space- The Mount Pleasant Temporium. What is that you ask? Well, it's a temporary, pop-up retailer on Mt. Pleasant St. open for for 24 consecutive days. The project features handmade goods for sale from 34 local, independent crafters and artists (including me!). I'm there 6 days a week managing the store and ringing up sales. And honestly I love being in the shop nearly everyday of the week. It's been such a fun process meeting all the local artists, helping actually set up the shop, and talking to all the excited patrons who stroll in. It's been a tremendous success so far and I've been so lucky to work with such a great team- most especially the Nana team, Mount Pleasant Main Street, and Hello Craft.

If you haven't stopped by yet make sure you drop in before we are gone! We are open everyday until March 13th. I'm even having a special trunk show this Tuesday from 6-7p featuring my entire jewelry collection. You can RSVP and get more details here.

Hope to see you soon!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Lanyapi's Valentines Day Gift Guide: For Her

Here are my picks for some great Valentine's gifts for her. Get them for your special lady or ladies send these ideas as a hint to your man.

Who doesn't want a box of chocolates to share on V day? These look delish! Find them on Etsy from Nikid's Shop

Or why not send her a love message via cross stitch? I love this one by You Are With Me on Etsy.

Actually buy a vase to go with those flowers. I love this one from N.H. Woodscreations' shop on Etsy.

And obviously I think jewelry is THE way to go. What girl doesn't love getting some jewels? Here are my favorites from my shop that are perfect for Valentine's Day. And use my special coupon code "LOVEXOXO" to receive 20% off your order. Need priority shipping? It's only $4.95- just email me at to add it to your order.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lanyapi's Valentines Day Gift Guide: For Him

There can be a lot of pressure on Valentine's Day to find the perfect gift for your beau so I decide to put together a list of items I think any guy would love to hopefully make the process a little bit easier.

What's better than bacon and chocolate? Ever thought of combining the two? This is a food lover's dream. Buy your man a 3 month Bacon of the Month subscription from Hash Delectable Edible's shop on Etsy and you are sure to get a smile on his face.

I love this hand stamped money clip from The Taffy Box on Etsy. Very usefully plus he'll think of you every time he sees it.

Got a man who likes to cook? Buy him a cool apron. I like this funny "I'm on a Boat" one from Royal Kane's shop on Etsy.

Get some serious smooth face time with your man by grabbing him this awesome old school shaving kit from Dirty Deeds Soap Shop on Etsy.

Coming soon...what to get your lady on Valentine's Day!

Country in the City

A self-proclaimed city girl, sometimes I just can't help but let my Texan country roots seep out. "Wait, did you just say 'y'all'?", I often hear new acquaintances say to me. O lord if you think that is bad don't dare catch me on the phone with my most country of my Texan friends, Kelly. For some reason the southern drawl just manifests itself instantaneously the moment I get to chatting with her.

Though you'd never guess it, hearing my friends back home get super excited about the upcoming Rodeo makes me feel a little melancholy. So this rainy day, I decided to embrace my country soul in the city and breakout the denim skirt and western blouse. I've often been told I have a bohemian California style but today it was all about mixing the country with the city. I love the mix of traditional western fabrics and other textiles like a funky shrunken gray vest and long gold necklace I made. You'll be seeing a lot more of this modern-urban-southwestern like style in my newest jewelry collection; I've been busy working with turquoise and other western inspirations all month long. Stay tuned!

Denim Skirt: It Jeans from Nana
Woven Belt: Hand-me down from my hubby's grandma
Vest: H&M
Blouse: Find in a Parisian boutique
Turquoise Necklace: Made by yours truly